UCLA Festival of Preservation Tour

JUNE 7-21

OPENING NIGHT | THURSDAY, JUNE 7
RECEPTION, REFRESHMENTS
& SPECIAL INTRODUCTION

6:00pm - Doors
6:30pm - Trouble in Paradise + Dinah with intro
8:30pm - The Lost Moment + Moods of the Sea

“The greatest cinematic show on Earth ... alternating between extreme rarities seen nowhere else and beloved prints of movie classics ... A splendid festival.”
KENNETH TURAN, LOS ANGELES TIMES

“A grab bag of sure bets, historically significant titles, and sheer oddities. The last category includes two virtually unknown features by Juleen Compton, an independent director who worked on her own eccentric terms.”
BEN KENIGSBERG, NEW YORK TIMES

NEW, RESTORED 35mm PRINTS! The UCLA Film & Television Archive in Southern California is a world leader in the preservation of motion picture heritage. The Archive’s important work is showcased in its biennial UCLA Festival of Preservation, featuring glorious new 35mm restorations of important classics, nearly-lost masterworks, neglected treasures, and rediscovered rarities spanning more than a century of film history in the United States and elsewhere.

Highlights from the most recent edition of the festival are now on tour and make their sole Canadian stop at The Cinematheque. Included are comic landmarks from the silent and sound eras; rare films noir from Hollywood’s Poverty Row and from Argentina; and several significant independent works with contemporary social-cultural resonance: The Plastic Dome of Norma Jean and Stranded, two revelatory films by little-known groundbreaker Juleen Compton, one of the few women directing features in the 1960s; The Murder of Fred Hampton, a trenchant 1971 documentary still timely in this age of Black Lives Matter activism; and Tramp Strategy, a 107-year-old silent-comedy short by Alice Guy-Blaché, the first-ever female filmmaker.

In a digital age when DCP (Digital Cinema Package) has supplanted celluloid film as the standard medium for the projection of motion pictures in movie houses, the UCLA Film and Television Archive has remained committed to preserving film on film, allowing likeminded institutions such as ours to continue offering opportunities to see films on film — itself a rare, endangered, but essential cinematic experience well worth preserving!

 

 

 

Acknowledgements: The Cinematheque is grateful to Paul Malcolm, KJ Relth, Steven Hill, and Todd Weiner of the UCLA Film & Television Archive for their kind assistance in making this Vancouver presentation possible.

All titles restored by the UCLA Film & Television Archive

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Recent Showings

Hollywood legend Ernst Lubitsch's effervescent screwball delight is preceded by Dinah, a 1932 "Screen Song" by Fleischer Bros. animation studio.
Robert Cummings, Susan Hayward, and Agnes Moorehead star in this gothic noir thriller. Preceded by the avant-garde short Moods of the Sea.
Pioneering female independent Juleen Compton wrote, directed, and self-financed this strange, surreal tale of a teenager with clairvoyant powers.
Almost-forgotten American indie Juleen Compton wrote, directed, starred in, self-financed, and self-distributed her free-wheeling first feature.
Argentinian director Fernando Ayala’s 1956 film noir, brilliantly photographed and boldly told, is a tale of guilt, paranoia, and murder in Buenos Aires.
Documentarian Howard Alk's searing account of racial injustice in Illinois is preceded by The Jungle, a raw, streetwise portrait of gang life in Philadelphia.
Laurel and Hardy’s fourth feature-length comedy is one of their finest and funniest films. Preceded by Laurel and Hardy second-ever talkie, Berth Marks.
Silent-era star Constance Talmadge cons her way into a job in this wonderful comedy of manners. Preceded by Alice Guy-Blaché's Tramp Strategy.
Anthony Mann was the uncredited co-director of this influential noir thriller, a brisk B-movie made in the semi-documentary, police-procedural style.
John Reinhardt’s low-budget, “lost” film noir is a gritty, claustrophobic drama confronting anti-Semitism in postwar Middle America.